Best Basketball Shoes of all Time and How to Wear Them

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You don’t even have to play basketball to be able to rock some amazing basketball shoes. There are many different varieties, but a few leading kinds have distinguished themselves from the rest through their immaculate quality, uniqueness and style. Here are some of the best basketball shoes of all time, and how you should wear them.

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Basketball shoes, also known to many around the world as sneakers, are shoes that have been designed specifically to play basketball. Special shoe designs for basketball have existed since the 1920s.

Basketball shoes that perform well and have good durability can be expensive – so there is no reason to only wear them when you play basketball. You can wear them anytime you want – they are your shoes, after all. Any guy would feel good rocking the same kicks that famous basketball stars proudly wear on the court. But what are the Cool basketball shoes? check out out top 10 for ones to buy this season.

Best Jordan Basketball Shoes

Air Jordan XI

In 1995 Jordan done it again, he created yet another iconic basketball shoe. The Air Jordan XI is probably the most recognisable silhouettes of basketball shoes to date. If you have ever visited Flight City then you know how overwhelming it is not to buy a pair of these.

Styling Tips

When styling the Air Jordan XI, keep your look subtle with the monochrome design of the trainer. For a Yeezy inspired look, opt for tapered jean and a grey or black pullover hoodie. If in need of a jacket, simply throw on a bomber for an athleisure addition to the look.

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Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Chicago”

The Air Jordan Retro Chicago release was probably one of the most highly anticipated basketball shoes drops of 2015. For the first time since 1994, the shoe be returning to is the original shape and detailing. The Chicago colour way was release alongside the “Carolina” and “Shattered Backboard”, however, none sold out as quick as the Chicago did.

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Styling Tips

Admittedly these aren’t the most “basketball” looking shoes. On the plus side, you can get away with wearing them with more contemporary styles as opposed to just streetwear. How about trying them with a pair of joggers and a camel coat for a premium look.

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Best Basketball Under Armour Shoes

Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Low

These Under Armour have been voted the best basketball shoes from the brand due to their stability in protecting your ankles, and the sole having great traction. These are great if you want an on-court shoe that you can stroll off the court in and still look fly.

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Styling Tips

Baskets ball shoes that are made for the court tend to be intricate in their design. For this pair of Under Armours I would recommend keep your outfit simple. While many of the models of the Under Armours are vibrant and colourful, make sure to keep your look subtle. Make sure your trainer is the centre detail to your look.

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Best New Basketball Shoes

Reebok Question

The Reebok Question had is  20th anniversary this year and is well deserved being dubbed the most popular non-Air Jordan basketball sneaker to be created. For the 20th anniversary, the iconic shape was be updated with Allen Iverson’s iconic “Red Toe”.  Paying hommage to Iverson seems fitting having produces the top-selling shoe is Reebok history

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Styling tips

These are a distinct pair of trainers, even for basketball shoe standards. So to draw attention to the trainers and keep it there I would say keep your outfit neutral. Dark jeans and a sporty jacket will pull the look together.

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Nike Air Foamposite One

These futuristic pairs of basketball shoes were championed by the one and only Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, and features his “Penny” one-cent logo. These basketball shoes come in so many different colour ways you are bound to find one that suits you.

Styling Tips

These shoes aren’t for everyone. But the triple black pair are an easy wardrobe pleaser. Why not stick to the style they were made for and where them with a simple pair of joggers and a long sleeve printed t-Shirt for a premium gym kit.

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Best Low Top Basketball Shoes

Air Jordan III

Truly a classic shoe – the Air Jordans come from basketball player Michael Jordan are some of the most iconic low top basketball shoes. Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. This was the first of 14 Air Jordans, and it set the standard for all the Jordans that came after it.

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Styling Tips

You can rock these shoes with comfortable black trousers – try buying work pants for an extra element of style, comfort and practicality. This outfit will look great if you finish it off with a plain white tee. You will definitely be turning heads in this outfit because of your awesome basketball shoes and your gallant style.

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Lebron James Basketball Shoes

Nike LeBron 13

In case you didn’t know – LeBron James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has signature basketball shoes from Nike, and in 2013 he led all NBA players in shoe sales. The shoes are designed to maximise explosiveness. Its sleek upper design and dynamic Flywire cables are lean and light, yet durable and strong.

Styling Tips

You can rock these shoes with slim fit black jeans or trousers. Keep the top half as plain as possible, this way your shoes will be the real hero of your outfit.

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Adidas Basketball Shoes

Adidas Rose 4.5

Now to be honest Adidas aren’t known for the basketball shoes, they stick to chic looks and a streetwear aesthetic. So the Adidas Rose 4.5 might not be the best looking pair of trainers, but they are a very good basketball shoe. The Rose 4.5 sole traction is some of the top in the game and allow you stay grounded no matter how hard you are balling.

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Styling Tips

Like I said, they aren’t the prettiest, so I would say keep the outfit as plain as possible. Try wearing a tracksuit to keep you in the off the court look.

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Nike Basketball Shoes

Nike Zoom Hyperfranchise XD

This shoe is built for balling in mind, similar to the Hypefuse style but just on steroids. The sole traction is ideal for outdoor use. Again like most basketball shoes these have so many different colour ways that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing that pair for you.

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Styling Tips

These trainers can be worn with so many different things due to the simple colour way. Try pairing with some nice chinos and a statement jacket for a smart casual look.

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Best Cheap Basketball Shoes

Converse Aero Jam

The Converse Aero Jam was the first of two signatures Larry Johnson wore for Converse, and its distinctive features included a fade-splattered midsole, textured heel, and fade colours on the removable cover. Larry Johnson is an American retired basketball player who spent his professional career in the NBA playing with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks.

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Styling Tips

Don these classic kicks with some relaxed tapered blue jeans. The rolled up cuffs will leave all of the attention on your shoes. You can also pair them with an interesting printed t-shirt. Your overall outfit will be classic with a modern twist – leaving you handsome and distinguished.

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Basketball Clothing

Now basketball attire looks like sportswear, and not the chic sportswear – I’m talking printed jerseys and long line shorts. If you want to rep your favourite team, by all means, stick on a jersey, in fact, jersey can look good for a casual look. Similarly, plain long line shorts have made a massive come back this year and look great in the summer for a streetwear look. However, the rest of basketball clothing should stay in the court, sweatband included.

Your Quick Guide to Basketball Trainers

  • Research all the differen’t styles before you choose to buy, just because these are the top 10 doesn’t mean they’ll be the best for you
  • With basketball shoes it best to stick to streetwear looks so keep that in mind when styling
  • Remember to keep them clean, this is sneaker rule number 1 especially with basketball shoes
  • Basketball shoes tend to be a lot harder than normal trainers, so you might require breaking them in before wearing them out
  • Research the history of your shoes, unlike pairs that get churned out often, basketball shoes usually have an interesting story.
  • Good basketball shoes are hard to come by. So make sure you go to the store and try them on, walk up and down and test the fit

On That Note…

Basketball shoes will never go out of style no matter how old they are – just like the game of basketball will never lose its followers. They are classic pieces you can be proud to own – which is why you probably don’t mind paying a little extra to wear the name of your favourite basketball star.

Every man should own at least one pair of good basketball shoes to wear when he wants to look confident and sporty. Now you know how to don the same shoes the basketball stars do – off the court.

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